No apology to Pak for unilateral Osama action: US

Last Updated: Wednesday, May 4, 2011 - 12:47

Washington: The US will not offer any
apology to Pakistan for its unilateral military action against Osama bin Laden deep inside that country, the White House said, adding he was "enemy number one" for America.

The White House however acknowledged that Pakistan
provided useful intelligence and cooperation over the years
and assistance that helped the US build the "mountain of
information" that it needed to build in order to find the al-
Qaeda chief and execute the mission in Abbottabad.

The Obama Administation also termed US` relationship
with Pakistan as "complicated but important" and that it was
"working very hard" on its ties with that country which
received a setback after a secretive American commando
operation to kill the 9/11 mastermind on Monday.

"We make no apologies about that," White House Press
Secretary Jay Carney said when asked whether the US should
have gone unilaterally inside Pakistan to get bin Laden.

"He was enemy number one for this country and killed
many many innocent civilians. And no apologies," Carney said.

Pakistan yesterday termed the US commando operation
that killed Laden an "unauthorised, unilateral action" without
its knowledge.

Besides, the White House said America has never been
at war with Islam.

"This has never been a war against Islam. President
(George W) Bush said that; President (Barack) Obama has said
that. Osama bin Laden was not a Muslim leader; he was a mass
murderer of Muslims, as well as people of other faiths," Carney said.

"It has been our cooperation with Muslims in Pakistan
and other countries, as well as Muslim Americans, which has
helped in our overall effort to fight al Qaeda and protect
Americans, to protect this country," he said.

Taking action against bin Laden does not mean that
one shouldn`t be entirely respectful of Islam, which the US
is.

"It doesn`t change the fact the President`s very
strongly held conviction and expressed conviction that this
has never been about Islam, because, in fact, Osama bin Laden
was a mass murderer who killed many Muslims," he said.

Carney said Laden was a relic of the past, in many
ways.

CIA Director Leon Panetta also briefed members of the
Congress on the successful operation during which he is
believed to have said the US did not inform Pakistan as he
believed that any information provided them to could be leaked
and thus jeopardize the sensitive information.

Describing US` relationship with Pakistan as
"complicated but important", Carney said it was "working very
hard" on its ties with Islamabad that has been tested in many
ways over the years and even this year.

"It`s vital because, as we have said, that lopping the
head off the snake is important, but the body, while battered
and bruised because of the actions that have been taken over
the years, is still there and we need to bury that body," he
said.
PTI



First Published: Wednesday, May 4, 2011 - 12:47

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